Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, January 15, 2007

More Testilying by NZ Police Association.

These are New Zealand's 'sworn officers' we are talking about here, the very same people whom we want to entrust "roadside sobriety testing" to and who daily decide who enters the criminal gateway.

Cannabis FAQ Reproduced with the kind permission of the New Zealand Police Association see

Q. Does cannabis cause respiratory cancers similar to those caused by tobacco?
A. Yes, people who smoke cannabis and tobacco have even greater health risks.

Q. Can cannabis decrease fertility and sexual drive?
A. Regular cannabis use has a noticeable effect on testosterone hormone levels in men and can affect their fertility. It can also lead to irregular periods for women.

Q. Can cannabis cause adverse reactions such as an acute panic attack?
A. Some people can become paranoid. They describe this as an extreme fear of losing control. This generally disappears after a few hours. In high doses cannabis makes people hallucinate - they imagine they are seeing things but do not tend to act out these fantasies.

Q. How long does it take for the body to rid itself of cannabis?
A. Cannabis is stored in fat cells of the body, especially in the brain, adrenal glands and reproductive organs. It can be stored there and in the human body for up to three months.

Q. Is it possible to become dependent on cannabis?
A. Most psychoactive drugs have the potential to create dependence. Many long term users find it difficult to stop using cannabis.

Reproduced with the kind permission of the New Zealand Police Association
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There are children as young as twelve, whom having access to the internet and information distributed by their peers, siblings and parents who can objectively critique this ill-informed misrepresentative twaddle. These messages are inconsistent with 'real world' knowledge.

The Police Association should leave well alone and recognise that as untrained educators and public health advocates they should cease and desist from profligate lying and cease distributing this propaganda forthwith. It is amplifying deviant behavours in our community and causing 'impediements to health promotion' amongst youth.

The writer commends as a more robust source of accurate information on cannabis and policy on appropriate education delivery.

Blair Anderson
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